Definitions

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  • proper n. A male given name used in Ireland and Scotland since the Middle Ages.

Etymologies

Irish or Scottish, of uncertain original meaning. Suggestions include nél "cloud" and niadh "champion". (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • What a brick Niall is to travel here through all that snow, thank heavens the gritter lorries were out.

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  • Nice work Tara if Niall is right (Om says its still a rumour - "I am putting this in highly rumored and unconfirmed category."

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  • It seems I'm probably descended from a peculiarly fecund fourth-century Irish king called Niall of the Nine Hostages and a slightly more unusual Mesopotamian Neolithic matriarch.

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  • It was one thing to think you shared a genetic marker with Niall Noigiallach, aka Niall of the Nine Hostages d.

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  • He's a fifth century king known as Niall of the Nine Hostages.

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  • COSTELLO: He's known as Niall of the Nine Hostages.

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  • He descended from the High Kings of Ireland, who themselves sprang from a fifth-century bin Laden, a warlord called Niall of the Nine Hostages.

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  • "Niall ..." she said on a slow, hesitant breath, and that was the first time she had ever called him by his name.

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  • He had reached the door when she said suddenly: "Niall ..."

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  • 'Niall's chromosome proves how, for centuries, just the mightiest passed on their genes.

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